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Villa Diodati

During the summer of 1816, Byron rented the Villa Diodati in the Genevan suburb of Cologny, on Lake Geneva. The setting provided far more than luxury, for it had been the home of Charles Diodati, the close friend of John Milton, who had visited him there in 1639. This underlying literary association must have had some impact on the extraordinary current of Miltonic allusions Mary Shelley wove into the fabric of her novel.